So I decided to spend tonight going through old files.

Geez, there were like six, seven short stories in there that I started and never finished. Which I am in the process of refiling digitally so that I don’t lose them again.  I also found something that I did last year here, but never put into PDF form.  Don’t ask me why, I think that I was ill, or something. Anyway, I cleaned up a couple of lines here and there and now it scans better.

And now that the kids are really and truly asleep, it’s time for Stranger Things Season 2.

Molly Malone (Innsmouth) – Google Docs

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Snippet: “Project SHIVA – Prologue.”

No, really, I’ve been thinking about this one lately.

Project SHIVA – prologue
St Louis, 2006

Even spies get old.

Jack Brinley felt that that was somewhat unfair, actually. When he was smack-dab in the middle of his career, Jack always assumed that it would all end somewhere godforsaken, in an abrupt fashion, and with nobody around to care afterwards. That was fine, though; because the corollary to that would be that at least he’d be going out at the top of his game. You didn’t want to fail at your job, but you don’t want to live long enough to stop getting to do it, either.

But that was what happened. Go out the door almost willingly in ‘96, spend the next ten years pretending to write your memoirs, wait for the clock to run out. Deflect questions about what you did, until you realize that saying nothing and smiling faintly was usually all that people wanted to know. Play grandpa — and wasn’t that an alarming, but ultimately welcome, late-life revelation to have? — and practice your cover as a ‘character.’ It actually wasn’t so bad. Compared to prison, a mental ward, or an unmarked grave in Delaware? It wasn’t bad at all. Continue reading Snippet: “Project SHIVA – Prologue.”

In the Mail: Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters.

I’ve been looking forward to Kim Newman’s latest entry in the Anno Dracula series, but then I always do. Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters is set in 1899 Japan, which presumably means that we’re in for an allusion-heavy look at Asian vampire fiction and folklore*.  Which is what I signed up for, so this is a treat. Continue reading In the Mail: Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters.

The Mysterion Patreon.

Mysterion, for those who might or might not remember, was an anthology book of speculative fiction published in 2016 or so that dealt with Christian themes. The publishers (Enigmatic Mirror Press) sent me a copy of it, at unfortunately precisely the wrong possible personal time for me to actually do anything like usefully review it. Which isn’t their fault, and it’s a good book.  Pick it up.

Well, now Enigmatic Mirror Press has a Patreon to support their new fanzine (also called Mysterion), which will be a publication “that specializes in Christian-themed speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and horror) and pays professional rates.”  Check it, as they say, out.

Book of the Week: Infinite Stars.

Infinite Stars is a collection of space opera short stories. You got your new Ender’s Game story, your new Lost Fleet story, your new Vatta’s War story, your new Dune story, your new Honorverse story, your new Legion of the Damned, story reprints from Lt. Leary and Vorkosigan and CoDominium and a whole ton of the earlier stuff.  Look, I would have bought it to hear how Black Jack Geary got his name.

And so, adieu to Cycle of the Werewolf.  Which never got any sidebar time anyway, for some reason.

 

Apple e-books forced to make it rain for Amazon customers.

Well, at least make it drizzle a little: “On Wednesday, Amazon sent out another installment of payments relating to its “Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement”—except this time, it was to settle related lawsuits brought by a group of state-level attorneys general.” I got a little bit less than eight and a half bucks, which I’m gathering is likely to be on the high side of things.  Still, it’s money in my pocket and almost enough to cover that new collection of science fiction short stories that just came out.  Who am I to argue with found money?

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Book of the Week: Cycle of the Werewolf.

Man, I hope that I still have Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf — it’s just what it says on the tin, folks; a year-long set of stories about a werewolf in a small town — floating* around in the library downstairs. I remember it being a fun read and now I want to read it.  Ach, well, I suppose that the library has a copy.

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